Advocacy Staff


Jay Kruse - 
Mr. Kruse serves as the VP of Government Affairs for the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas.  He was born and raised in De Smet, SD and later attended Dakota State University in Madison, SD.  It was there where he earned degrees in Professional Accountancy and Finance.  Jay started his credit union career in 2009 at Service First FCU, located in Sioux Falls, SD, as the Internal Auditor.  He became the Controller of Service First in 2012, overseeing the Accounting and Investment areas, and served in that capacity until joining CUAD in October of 2015.  During his time at Service First, Jay was a member of the SD GAC Committee from 2010-2015 and served a 2-year term as CULAC/CUPAC Trustee for SD from 2014-2015.  Jay currently resides in Dell Rapids, SD and is based out of CUAD’s Sioux Falls office.


Jef OlsonJeff Olson –

Mr. Olson’s responsibilities with CUAD include government affairs and public/media relations. Jeff is a native of Warren, Minnesota and he earned a degree in Mass Communications and with an emphasis in broadcast journalism from Bemidji State University, Bemidji. MN. He has worked in both radio and television as an on-air personality and news anchor/reporter at several broadcast affiliates throughout North Dakota and northern Minnesota. He also was a partner in an advertising and marketing firm that served a variety of clientele in various capacities, including: public and media relations corporate image branding; strategic marketing planning; and creative writing and production. He has advocated for higher education; home builders; developmentally disabled; and for smoke free issues. He also worked in the North Dakota Governors Office as the director of constituent services, and has served as a political strategist and consultant on a number of legislative campaigns and initiated measures throughout North Dakota.

Greg Tschider

Mr. Tschider serves as the lead North Dakota Legislative lobbyist and is the counsel of record for Credit Union Association of the Dakotas. He is an accountant and lawyer and has represented the interests of North Dakota Credit Unions since 1973. Greg is a CPA and Attorney and he operates a private practice in Bismarck. He earned both his accounting and JD degrees from UND. Greg has lectured on tax and business law at the University of Mary, Bismarck. He has practiced law before the North Dakota Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Federal Districts Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals.